In his August 6th, 2019 letter to Peter Mukobi, the Director Hoima Regional Referral Hospital, Kisembo wants the team to establish circumstances, under which an Asian businessman set up a private pharmacy on the hospital premises.
Hoima Regional Referral Hospital management is
being investigated for allegedly hiring out a government building to a private
The management is accused of hiring a building
in the hospital near the antenatal care wing to Hoima hospital private pharmacy.
The pharmacy was initially known as Platinum
pharmacy and only changed name to Hoima hospital private pharmacy.
The Hoima Resident District Commissioner-RDC,
Samuel Kisembo has instituted a special team to investigate the hospital
management following public outcry.
The team comprises of the District Internal
Security Officers of Hoima and Kikuube, Hoima District Police Commander,
Officer in charge of Crime Investigations Hoima and the District Health Officer
Hoima and the Albertine Regional Police Crime Intelligence Officer.
In his August 6th, 2019 letter to Peter
Mukobi, the Director Hoima Regional Referral Hospital, Kisembo wants the team
to establish circumstances, under which an Asian businessman set up a private pharmacy
on the hospital premises.
He also wants the team to ascertain whether there was a
competitive bidding process before the hospital building was hired out.
Kisembo also wants the investigators to establish
whether the Health Ministry is aware of the existence of the private pharmacy in
the hospital and whether it is line the ministry guidelines.
According to Kisembo, his office has received complaints
from the general public concerning the establishment of the private pharmacy
inside the facility.
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Our reporter visited the Hospital on Wednesday morning and found an Asian supervising the renovation works on
the pharmacy building being executed by Kandy Construction Company Limited, a
renowned local construction firm.
Efforts to get a comment from Mukobi were futile as he wasn’t
in office and couldn’t respond to repeated calls from our reporter to his known
mobile telephone number.
This is not the first time Hoima hospital
management is being investigated.
Last year, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
instituted a team led by Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu, the State minister for
primary healthcare to investigate complaints of extortion, corruption,
harassment and sale of government drugs at Hoima hospital.
It came after Hoima residents led by Muhammad
Kiyimba, the Public Cell LCI chairperson complained to the President during the
launch of the Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project Bursary scheme
at Boma grounds.